We don’t deserve a sequel to The Man From UNCLE. It was woefully under appreciated, despite featuring a staggering amount of gorgeous people, whimsy, and enjoyable action. But, fuck it, for once maybe the pop culture universe is going to pay it forward.
Guy Ritchie rules. The Man From UNCLE was hilarious, stylish, fun. That apparently only Pluto and I saw, but fuck if we weren’t dying laughing in our seats. I’m in for this movie, I’m in for any movie Ritchie makes. And I’m dragging Eddie along with me.
By the GODS of KRYPTON! Could it be? Henry Cavill in a movie that doesn’t just have style, but also has personality? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but it may just be. It may just be this flick, Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Big-named Hollywood actors don’t give no fucks anymore. Used to be television was the death knell, now it saved careers. Used to be wonky commercials happened overseas. Now Guy Ritchie is directing RDJ in a Black Ops II advertisement. I liked it. Shut up.
Last night, Pepsibones asked me if I had heard about Guy Ritchie. Yeah, I said, the dumb ass is directing the Lobo movie. Which is going to excite my fourteen year old self. Lobo was awesome back in the day, because he was a dumb swearing piece of shit who stabbed stuff. I was fourteen. Hopped up on testosterone and giggling at boobs. This dude understood me.
I convey to Pepsibones that I thought Lobo sucked now, when he hit me with:
Yeah, but did you know he was created as a commentary on Wolverine and other ridiculous anti-heroes?
I was aware of that, but it only was made vaguely known to me after I had evolved out of my primordial testosterone madness. Into my uh, post-mordial, testosterone semi-madness. And that said, I wasn’t the only boner-sporting adolescent who completely missed the message, according to the guy behind Lobo’s popularity, Keith Giffen:
Via Lobo’s Wiki:
I have no idea why Lobo took off,” Giffen once said in an interview. Referring to the 1990s incarnation of Lobo he created, he said, “I came up with him as an indictment of the Punisher, Wolverine, hero prototype and somehow he caught on as the high violence poster boy. Go figure”
No idea? I can help you dude. Because people always miss the point! Especially in mainstream culture. Maybe in indie comics or Focus Feature films the point is gotten, over-analyzed and then thrown to the wolves. But shit like Lobo? C’mon. It was marketed towards teenage boys who wanted to see gunshots and swears. It’s ironic, how the very medium you used to make your commentary turned against you! People always miss the point. The Dark Knight was just about Batmobiles, the Matrix was just about guns and kung-fu, and Fight Club was about people punching one another.
There isn’t much room for social commentary when dealing with us mouth-breathing teenage boys.